Monique Koehler, known for her tireless work saving retired racehorses through Thoroughbred retirement programs, will be recognized with the 2009 Special Eclipse Award, it was announced Dec. 30.
The New York Racing Association has announced an anti-slaughter policy that introduces harsh penalties to offending horsemen while encouraging them to support horse rescue and adoption initiatives.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and Suffolk Downs, through the support of the Fields Family Foundation, have established a home for retired racehorses at the Plymouth County Sheriff's Farm in Plymouth, Mass., where inmates from the Plymouth County Correctional Facility will care for the horses as part of the facility's extensive vocational program.
The New York Racing Association and many members of the Jockeys' Guild who ride at its three racetracks, along with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and The Jockey Club, have jointly pledged more than $100,000 in financial support in 2009 to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation,
Helen "Penny" Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat and president of the Secretariat Foundation, has announced the Foundation's recipients of charitable grants for 2009.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Maker's Mark Secretariat Center will hold its inaugural Horses Helping Horses event starting April 19. It includes halters from Serena's Song, Distorted Humor, and Ghostzapper, among others.
When Thoroughbred owners and breeders in North America submit their foal registration applications on or after Jan. 1, 2009, they will be able to participate in a voluntary checkoff program, created and administered by The Jockey Club, which will assist two organizations that provide post-racing care for Thoroughbreds.
From even the greatest tragedy can come good. Eight Belles' death no doubt will be a catalyst for Thoroughbred racing to provide better safety for the horses. For Laura Hillenbrand, author of the classic book, "Seabiscuit," the filly's death would have a profound effect not only on her, but a 9-year-old gelding named Rudster.
Inside Information features Funny Cide, prisoners and horses working toward rehabilitation, and communication between trainers and jockeys on race day.
Woodford Reserve has donated the proceeds from its $1,000 Mint Julep program to Thoroughbred Charities of America, it was announced Dec. 21. The Midway-based non-profit received $116,337 from sales of the limited edition cups.
Ray Paulick, editor-in-chief of The Blood-Horse, has been elected to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's board of directors.
Several members have recently left the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's board of directors, exits that parallel allegations that leadership dissension and financial struggles are plaguing the non-profit organization.
In another aspect of Barbaro's legacy, racing enthusiasts and fans of the colt are making donations to equine retirement programs in his memory.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will be taking phone bids Feb. 2 for a day at the races in a third floor suite donated by Gulfstream Park for the 56th running of the $1,000,000 Florida Derby (gr. I) on March 31.
Bowl Game, the champion turf male of 1979 who was believed to be the oldest living Eclipse Award winner, was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age Nov. 10 at the age of 32. Under the care of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation since 1998, he had been living at the Paeonian Springs, Va., farm of TRF President Johnathan Miller.
Pierre Bellocq, the renowned racing artist known as "Peb" and Marlene Brody, owner of Gallagher's Steak House, will be joined by celebrities from the racing world, sports, and entertainment at a benefit gala Nov. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. EST at Gallagher's in New York City.
Thanks in large part to the $58,000 celebrity chef Bobby Flay spent on options to breed to two of the sport's top stallions, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation raised in excess of $500,000 Aug. 7 at its annual gala at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club.
The Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy Ladies Guild and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation announced that Anita Madden will serve as honorary chairperson at the groups' fundraiser to be held Oct. 9 at the Lexington Marriott Griffin Gate.
Two retired Thoroughbreds are among the first Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation horses set to return to their birthplaces under a TRF initiative to include breeders in the care and expenditures involved in taking care of the more than 1,300 retired horses under the organization's care.
After almost three years as operations manager for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Fred Winters has decided to return to a commercial role within the Thoroughbred industry.
A silent auction at the New York Turf Writers Association's 82nd annual awards dinner and dance on Monday raised just over $18,000 for the benefit of Thoroughbred charities.
With the horse racing industry responding to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's need to care for a rapidly increasing population of retirees--now numbering 1,037--the charity raised $629,000 at its annual fundraiser Monday night at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron has entered into an agreement with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation to supply horses for the North American Racing Academy, a riding school McCarron plans to open later this year.
Midwestern-based jockeys Brian Hernandez Jr., a leading candidate for an Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding apprentice, and Justin Shepherd have agreed to wear the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's logo on their pants.
Second Chances Stables, at the Wateree River Correctional Institute near Camden, South Carolina, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's (TRF) newest retirement farm, will officially open during ceremonies to be held there Saturday, Nov. 19.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's sixth annual fund-raising party held Monday night at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club exceeded all expectations as 450 guests attended for a chance to bid on unique experiences and stallion seasons while helping out a good cause. The event raised $425,000.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's sixth annual fund-raisin party held Monday night at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club exceeded al expectations as 450 guests attended for a chance to bid on unique experiences, stallion seasons, not to mention helping a good cause while having a great time.
For the third year in a row, Churchill Downs Inc. hosted the "Out To Pasture "Party, a benefit for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. More than $67,000 was raised for the organization.
Smarty Jones' breeder/owners Roy and Patricia Chapman and trainer John Servis will not only celebrate their Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory at Churchill Downs on Saturday, they'll also be supporting a good cause as they attend the third annual "Out to Pasture" Party.
Mary Lou Whitney has donated an additional $50,000 to help fund the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Secretariat Center at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Old Friends will be hosting its first open house on the grounds of Afton Farm on Saturday, April 17, from 4-9 p.m. Admission is free and open to all. Reservations are not required.
John Stuart, who served as president of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation from 1998 until this summer, was honored Nov 15 with the TRF Champions Award.
Martha Gerry, who raced champion Forego, has helped the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation establish a fund in his name to help feed the more than 600 horses currently being cared for by the program.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association has selected WinStar Farm's Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt to receive the organization's Industry Service Award.
Terence Collier was unanimously named president of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation by the organization's board of directors. Collier, the director of marketing and sales announcer for Fasig-Tipton, succeeds John Stuart.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation raised more than $500,000 at its annual gala, held Monday. Aug. 4, at the Saratoga Golf & Polo Club. The bulk of the money, a record amount for the event, was raised through separate live auctions, one for season options to breed to select stallions, the other for "unique experiences."
Stallion seasons and an intriguing list of "life experiences" will be auctioned at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club Monday night as a fundraiser for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is committed to stopping the slaughter of all thoroughbred racehorses no matter what their racing stature.
Churchill Downs Inc. raised $77,300 for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation ("TRF") during fundraisers held in Louisville, Ky., and Miami during June 2003. All proceeds from the fundraisers will go to the care and feeding of horses retired to – or being rehabilitated at – TRF farms.
Gary Player will face off against Buddy Harston in a benefit for the Thoroughbred Retirement Fund in Lexington on July 1.
Secretariat will become more visible in Virginia in the coming months as part of the establishment of the Virginia Museum of the Horse. Also, the Montpellier estate of former President James Madison will become a home to retired Thoroughbreds.
The Thoroughbred industry has taken two giant steps toward matching a pledge of $500,000 from distiller Maker's Mark for the development at the Kentucky Horse Park of the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
Secretariat Center for Retired Racehorses to benefit from 2003 Limited Edition Maker's Mark release.
Big Spender, an original movie based on the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and its influence on prison inmates, will debut March 25 at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet.
By John Russell -- Despite the generosity of the sport at large, the funds directed toward the survival, care, and rehabilitation of most of the horses that are no longer wanted on the racetrack or in the breeding shed are relatively small.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation raised a record $325,000 Monday evening at a dinner auction at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
By Reiley McDonald -- Despite the growing number of retirement facilities for Thoroughbreds, space is limited and only a small percentage that need help are accommodated.
Thoroughbred Charities of America's board of directors has announced the approval of $1.1-million in grants to 52 organizations.
Wingsea, the dam of millionaire Polar Expedition was sold Wednesday to Dede McGehee for $2,000 in a public auction in Fayette County (Lexington, Ky.) Circuit Court.
Churchill Downs Inc. raised $101,000 to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation during its inaugural "Out to Pasture Party."
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